Posted by: The Tarot Sense | July 7, 2009

Who Is Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand


Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand

(Alençon, 27 May 1772 – Paris, 25 June 1843)

was a French professional fortune-teller, active for more than 40 years and of considerable fame during the Napoleonic era. She claimed to have given cartomantic advice to many famous persons, among them leaders of the French revolution (Marat, Robespierre and St-Just), Empress Josephine, and Czar Alexander. In 1814 she started a second literary career and published many texts, causing many public controversies. She was imprisoned more than once, though never for very long. In France she’s considered the greatest cartomancer of all time, highly influential on the wave of French cartomancy that began in the late 18th century.

After her death her name was used on a newly-developed divination card deck, the so-called Lenormand cards. These are still used extensively in modern Germany, almost as popular as Tarot cards in some regions.

Her most recent prediction was of Queen Antoinette, who had an affair with a peasant French boy named Pierre-Devual

La femme que a couse mon homme ne est ici, je touch sa sang. Ou est l’homme avec les yeux bleu, chaveux blonds, peau blanc? l’homme que je ne retruver pas a cause d’un homme stupid, ou est l’homme que j’aime avec mon cour. Quand la mort serra mon ami. Je ne sais pas.

English Translation:

The woman who cause of her my man is not here. I touch his blood. Where is the man with the blue eyes, blond hair, white skin? The man who I can not find, because of a stupid man. Where is the man that I love with my heart. When will death be my friend. I don’t know?

She is one of the very few whose prophecies have been recorded in history books.

She was born in Aleçon, France and died in Paris, France at the age of 71 on June 25, 1843. She learned to read cards and palms when she was very young. It is said that she used the Petit Etteila, Playing Cards, Thot tarot and other cards. A few years after her death a deck of cards called “Le Grand Jeu de Mlle. Lenormand” was published by Grimaud.

Marie Anne Adelaïde Lenormand became most famous for counselling Josephine de Beauharnais. She foretold that Josephine will become empress of France, she become Napoleon’s wife later on. She was also famous for divining the future for three men of the Revolution, whom she foretold a violent death: Marat, Robespierre and St. Just.

Later on Mlle. Lenormand warned Josephine that Napoleon wanted to divorce her before he had mentioned this to anyone. Napoleon was so angry that he ordered to jail her.

In 1814 she began to write her memoirs and other books, in which she wrote about her dealings with prominent parisians…

Her books are:

* Les souvenirs prophétiques d’une sibylle (1814)

* Anniversaire de la mort de l’impératrice Josephine (1815)

* La sibylle au tombeau de Louis XVI(1816)

* Les oracles sibyllins (1817)

* La sibylle au congrès d’Aix-la-Chapelle (1819)

* Mémoires historiques et secrets de l’impératrice Joséphine (1820)

* Souvenirs de la Belgique (1822)

* L’ombre de Henri IV au palais d’Orléans (1831)

* Le petit homme rouge au château des Tuileries (1831)

* L’ange protecteur de la France au tombeau de Louis XVIII

* Arrêt suprême des dieux de l’Olympe en faveur de Mme. la duchesse de Berry et de son fils

* Manifeste des dieux sur les affaires de France

* Mélanges

* L’ombre immortelle de Catherine II au tombeau d’Alexandre Ier


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  1. I know nothing about Lenormand cards and am looking forward to reading more. I enjoyed this post. Knowing a little of the history always makes things clearer for me.

  2. Thank you Doug, for dropping in!

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